vermejo, nm

this week i was invited to vermejo park ranch in northern new mexico to shoot phenomenal scenery, fly fishing, and wildlife.  no complaints here._MG_6803AS

ted turner’s private home near the main lodge is quite impressive.  but even more awe-inspiring is the sheer size of the property.  at just under 600,000 acres, vermejo is the largest privately owned parcel of land in the u.s.

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aside from the common bee, vermejo is home to elk, black bear, mountain lion, and one of the largest herds of american bison in the world.

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our view from the front porch of costilla lodge.

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the crew (minus the photographer)…

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the art of fly fishing.

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jim and i went for a drive down to one of the lower lakes to meet folks that were already there fishing.

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we found their truck recently ransacked by a bear.

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we must have scared it off when we pulled up, judging by the minimal amount of damage done to the refreshments.

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looked like he climbed up the side of the truck-bed to get a better look.

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it started to rain.  and as jim and i scanned the lake, i noticed another bear heading toward us…

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he got within fifty feet of me before he ran away.

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back at the lodge, some of the fattest chipmunks i have ever seen hang around for handouts.

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nick was the star of the bunch.  he was named “nick” by the kitchen staff who noticed a chunk taken out of his ear.

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believe it or not, nick actually comes when you call his name.

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no wonder they’re so fat…

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saturday morning before sunrise…  time to head out.  off to telluride, colorado!!

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009